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Week 28: Erroll Garner’s Concert By The Sea

This week’s featured album is the classic live album, Concert By The Sea, by pianist and composer Erroll Garner. The album was released in 1955 on Columbia Records. Despite having recorded countless live records, this is by far Garner’s most popular live album. Recorded on September 19, 1955, in a converted church in Carmel, California, [...]

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Week 27: Charles Mingus’ Ah Um

This week’s “Album of The Week” is from Charles Mingus, the inspiration for our Berklee mascot! The album is Ah Um, released in 1959 by Columbia Records. The album as a whole is said to have been inspired by Mingus’ personal heritage: a mixture of blues, gospel preaching, and African elements combined with certain bop [...]

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Week 26: Taylor Kelly’s In The Meantime

For this album of the week, we’re doing something a bit different! We are reviewing an outstanding record written and produced by Berklee College of Music’s own Taylor Kelly, and arranged by another student Jonah Francese (band leader of Berklee’s acclaimed student big band Thinkin’ Big). Taylor Kelly assembled a group of close friends and [...]

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Week 25: Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come

With the release of The Shape Of Jazz To Come, (1959, Atlantic Records) his debut as a band leader with his quartet, Ornette Coleman put his stamp in jazz music. Coleman had developed a new sound, experimenting with the boundaries of time and harmony. His style would soon be labeled as “free jazz”. Coleman headed into [...]

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Week 24: Dr. John’s In The Right Place

This 1973 Atco Records release, In The Right Place, put New Orleans musician Dr. John on the map. Though Dr. John found success with his ’73 release, he’d been a fixture in the music industry in New Orleans since the ’50s. The album opens with with the pulsing clavinet groove of the album’s hit, “Right [...]

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Week 23: Jamie Cullum’s Momentum (Review)

Jamie Cullum’s 2013 release Momentum is arguably his most daring record yet. Momentum hit listeners May 20, 2013 on Island records as Cullum’s most pop-driven record yet. Drum-heavy with catchy piano riffs and even a rap from Roots Manuva on Cullum’s dark cover of Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale” make this release, for some, a [...]

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Week 22: Oscar Peterson’s Night Train

The Oscar Peterson Trio’s Night Train was released in December of 1962 by Verve Records.  In the midst of an already well-established career, the release arrived at an apex of Oscar and his Trio’s creativity and cohesion. Rather than pushing them towards avant-garde elements, or tempting them towards a potentially over-the-top and less listenable set [...]

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Week 21: Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio

There is no doubt that pianist and composer Robert Glasper is a pioneer of jazz, given his recent release of Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio in 2012. Before we dig into what the album is, let’s look at the huge who’s-who list of featured musicians on Black Radio who made the record what it is. [...]

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Week 20: Harry Connick Jr.’s Star Turtle

Released in 1996 on Sony Music Entertainment, Star Turtle was Harry Connick Jr.’s second step away from the crooner big band style he’d had so much success with in the early ’90s. His first album away from the band stand, She (1994), was his representation of what music from New Orleans could be; with classic [...]

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Week 19: Bill Evans’ Sunday At The Village Vanguard

It’s been a while since our last album of the week. We thought we’d kick off the series again with this classic record made by the Bill Evan’s Trio, released on Riverside Records, June 25, 1961. Sunday At The Village Vanguard was originally a large recording session with the Bill Evans Trio at New York [...]

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